[kawr-vahyn, -vin]


pertaining to or resembling a crow.
belonging or pertaining to the Corvidae, a family of birds including the crows, ravens, and jays.

Origin of corvine

1650–60; < Latin corvīnus, equivalent to corv(us) raven + -īnus -ine1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for corvine

Historical Examples of corvine

  • It now behoves us to consider the smaller members of the corvine clan.

  • Far up a hillside of poplar, a horde of crows were clamoring over some corvine scandal, perhaps.

    When Life Was Young

    C. A. Stephens

  • This was, of course, an outrage on corvine society—an outrage which demanded speedy vengeance.

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • In the long struggle between human ingenuity and corvine sagacity, it is doubtful which has thus far obtained the upper hand.

    A Rambler's lease

    Bradford Torrey

  • They are chanting something that corresponds in the corvine world to our Dead March in ‘Saul.’

    Birds in London

    W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for corvine



of, relating to, or resembling a crow
of, relating to, or belonging to the passerine bird family Corvidae, which includes the crows, raven, rook, jackdaw, magpies, and jays

Word Origin for corvine

C17: from Latin corvīnus raven-like, from corvus a raven
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